I was one of those parents that wanted to get my kids into everything that I was into and expected them to be just as much into it as I was. Not to burst any bubbles but that is a very tall order. Kids love to spend time with their parents and see and do things that they have never done before but most kids don’t have that all day drive or commitment to sitting completely still all day, seriously?? Completely still and children never mix for long.
So you need to modify your hunting style a bit so both of you get the experience you want from the hunt. Follow these steps and you may find just what you are looking for.
- Scouting: you are going to need to do more scouting than you may have done in the past. Take them with you but stay far enough off the birds that you are not bumping them and sending them to a different farm or state. Try to key in on the strutting areas that are close to nesting areas.
- Put the birds to Bed: another fun time in the woods that will help make for the total experience. Knowing where the birds are first thing helps to come up with a plan on how to get between where they are and where they want to go. They are creatures of habit till something disturbs them too much.
- Get a good Blind: A good blind with plenty of room allows kids to move around a bit during the slow times or play a game to past the time without getting busted. You can set this up ahead of time if you have a set game plan or that morning on the move as long as you can get ahead of the birds. Check out the Blackout X300
- Decoys: These are very valuable as they will draw in birds farther than calling at time. That big Boss Tom never lets those little Jakes hang around for long.
- Shooting sticks: If your little hunting buddy has pasted his Hunter’s Safety course and you feel like this is the year that you are going to let him harvest a bird get a set of shooting sticks. Having to hold that gun for a long period of time while that bird gets in the right position can wear a kid out. Not to mention getting all jacked up as your bird gobbles at close range. Make sure that you take the time to practice using them before the hunt too.
Follow these steps and this might be the year that you find your hunting buddy for life.